The Tampa Bay Lightning has reassigned goaltender Eddie Pasquale to the Syracuse Crunch as they prepare for the first game of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Tampa Bay Lightning is preparing for the quickly approaching start of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Considering the tremendous season the Lightning has had, all eyes are going to be on the Bolts Nation. Needless to say, the Bolts are going to need to consistently bring their ‘A’ game to the ice.
One of the keys to a successful start to the postseason is going to be coming in with a healthy roster. Earlier this evening, the Bolts Nation received some news which could indicate they are on the right path to achieving this goal.
Tampa Bay Lightning Vice President and General Manager Julien BriseBois announced on the team’s website they have reassigned goaltender Eddie Pasquale to the Lightning’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch. So…what does this mean for the Lightning?
Well, according to Tampa Bay Lightning Beat Writer Bryan Burns, Lightning netminder Louis Domingue was on the ice working with Goaltending Coach Franz Jean at the Lightning’s practice in Brandon this morning. The team reassigning Pasquale could indicate Domingue will be making his return to the lineup on Wednesday.
Eddie Pasquale played two games with the Lightning during his most recent call-up. Despite the fiasco that was his first game with the Bolts, the 28-year-old Toronto native had a pretty decent showing with the Bolts. Pasquale stopped 71 of 78 shots on goal while he was between the pipes for a Save Percentage of .910.
While I’m sure Pasquale would like to have seen some playtime in the postseason, there’s going to be plenty of work left for him to do when he makes his way back to Syracuse. The Syracuse Crunch is preparing for a playoff run of their own as they kick off the 2019 Calder Cup Playoffs on Friday, April 19.
The Lightning still has a few players battling injuries as the first game of the postseason draws near. Players like Victor Hedman, Ryan Callahan, and Anton Stralman, just to name a few, have all been working tirelessly to get back on the ice in time for the start of the postseason.
Getting a player like Domingue back on the ice is definitely a step in the right direction. Louis Domingue has been absolutely excellent this season, providing a solid backup for Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy. In the 26 games Domingue has played this season, he has maintained a record of 21-5-0 with a Goals Against Average of 2.88 and a Save Percentage of .908.
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The Lightning has a tough challenge ahead of them. The Bolts are set to take on the Columbus Blue Jackets in a best-of-seven series which kicks off on Wednesday night at the Amalie Arena. The puck is scheduled to drop at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time. We don’t know about you, but we can’t wait to see what the future holds for the Boys in Blue.